Weapons

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Weapon \Weap"on\ (w[e^]p"[u^]n; 277), noun [OE. wepen, AS. w[=ae]pen; akin to OS. w[=a]pan, OFries. w[=e]pin, w[=e]pen, D. wapen, G. waffe, OHG. waffan, w[=a]fan, Icel. v[=a]pn, Dan. vaaben, Sw. vapen, Goth. w[=e]pna, pl.; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Wapentake}.]

1. An instrument of offensive of defensive combat; something to fight with; anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating, or injuring an enemy, as a gun, a sword, etc.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. --2 Cor. x. 4.

They, astonished, all resistance lost, All courage; down their idle weapons dropped. --Milton.

2. Fig.: The means or instrument with which one contends against another; as, argument was his only weapon. "Woman's weapons, water drops." --Shak.

3. (Bot.) A thorn, prickle, or sting with which many plants are furnished.

{Concealed weapons}. See under {Concealed}.

{Weapon salve}, a salve which was supposed to cure a wound by being applied to the weapon that made it. [Obs.] --Boyle.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

weapon

noun

1: any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon" [syn: {weapon}, {arm}, {weapon system}]

2: a means of persuading or arguing; "he used all his conversational weapons" [syn: {weapon}, {artillery}]


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